I am humbled and acutely aware of the immense responsibility to currently serve as the Division 5 Director on the MPWMD Board of Directors.
Before my service on the MPWMD Board, I spent my entire 30+ year professional career in public service as a water engineer working to protect the environment and to ensure the people of California have reliable and safe drinking water.
In my 11 years at the State Water Resources Control Board, I managed wastewater treatment projects that improved the water quality of California's rivers, bays, and the ocean. I am particularly proud of my work in assisting the U.S. Justice Department in its Consent Decree negotiations with the City of Los Angeles to stop the City's ocean discharge of sewage sludge. I served as the State Board representative on a Technical Advisory Committee to develop innovative treatment methods and technologies for reusing municipal sewage for drinking water use.
In my 19 years working in the Drinking Water Program at the State Department of Public Health I issued permits and conducted field inspections of drinking water treatment and water supply projects in Monterey County, including the City of Sand City's desalination plant. I developed and managed a program to clean up contaminated groundwater aquifers and chaired a Research Advisory Committee that evaluated methods and technologies to protect groundwater aquifers from chemical contamination.
After leaving State service, I was hired as General Manager of a failing public water utility and put the utility district on a path to financial solvency and providing safe and reliable drinking water to the community.
It is this depth and breadth of experience and knowledge that makes me uniquely qualified to continue serving as the Division 5 Director on the MPWMD Board.
I care deeply for the health of the Carmel River and the surrounding communities that I have called home since 2006.
My primary goal is to refocus the Board's priorities to fulfilling the mission of the District which is to achieve a reliable long term water supply for Carmel Valley and the Monterey Peninsula communities.
Equally important is implementing restoration projects for the Carmel River ecosystems. The Carmel River has been decimated over the past decades from excessive water diversions. The time is now to take action for the Carmel River.
Decades of over-pumping the Seaside Groundwater Aquifer have resulted in severe damage and persistent sea water intrusion that threatens the viability of the aquifer as a source of drinking water.
My goal is to expand the injection of treated water into the Seaside Basin Aquifer to reverse the overdraft condition of the Seaside Basin aquifer and stop the progression of seawater intrusion.
Water conservation is a vital component of a comprehensive water supply strategy for the District.
I will advocate for expansion of water conservation rebate programs for low income households to install water efficient appliances.
I will put forward policy initiatives to expand the use of greywater recycling for commercial and residential construction and remodeling projects.
The District's water conservation efforts need to expand to include private well owners in the Carmel River watershed.
I will promote initiatives to expand water conservation programs and technology innovations that will enable private well owners to reduce their water extractions from the Carmel River while at the same time providing adequate irrigation.
All of these initiatives can be accomplished with a Board that is focused in its core mission and that is not distracted by special interest groups that have agendas that don't have the communities best interests at heart.
The MPWMD will be facing critical water decisions in the coming months that will have long lasting implications for health of the Carmel River and the prosperity of the Carmel Valley and Monterey Peninsula communities.
My 30+ years as a water engineer with extensive knowledge and experience in the planning, design, construction, and operation of drinking water facilities, including recycled water and desalination, makes me uniquely qualified to address the critical water decisions facing the District.
Your vote for me is a vote for technically competent, science-based, fiscally sound decision-making to determine the best reliable long term water supply solutions for Carmel Valley and Monterey Peninsula.
I take my responsibility as the Division 5 Board representative extremely seriously and I will never base any decision on political expediency or adherence to a particular special interest agenda.
I have refused campaign contributions to validate my commitment to serving the community.
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